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Explore Native American Culture through the people and their stories! Welcome everyone - Natives and people looking to learn more about this vibrant living culture. Hosted by Paul Gowder the creator and owner of PowWows.com. PowWows.com is your source for all things Native American since 1996.
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Sep 18, 2023

On today's episode I recounted my incredible trip to San Francisco! As many of you know, I had the opportunity to attend the Taylor Swift concert in the city, but that was just the beginning of our amazing journey. Join me as I share the highlights of our trip and some of the fascinating native history and culture we discovered along the way.

1️⃣ Exploring Beyond the Main Attraction: When traveling, it's always exciting to venture outside the main purpose of your trip and discover hidden gems. In our case, we were able to explore Mirror Woods and Alcatraz, uncovering the rich native history and breathtaking landscapes that these sites had to offer.

2️⃣ Preservation of Native History: During our visit to Mirror Woods, a national park managed by the National Park Service, we learned about the Coast Miwok tribe and their connection to the redwood forests. The Park Service is actively working to highlight and preserve the native history of the area, making it a truly educational and immersive experience.

3️⃣ Alcatraz: Beyond the Notorious Prison: While Alcatraz is famously known as a former penitentiary, few are aware of its significance as a spiritual and meeting place for indigenous tribes, including the Miwoks. We also visited the new exhibit on the Native American occupation of the island by protestors.

👉🏼 Listen to the full episode on PowWows to hear more about our unforgettable journey and the remarkable native history we encountered in San Francisco!

Show Notes

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Sep 15, 2023

In this episode, host Paul G sits down with members of the Natives of the Apocalypse (NOTA) group. NOTA is a Native American performing arts group dedicated to reshaping and indigenizing theater narratives. They add a unique Native flair, whether through humor, music, or the infusion of indigenous perspectives into existing plays and musicals.

NOTA's mission is not only to create new and compelling Native American theater, but also to provide a platform for Native American performers to showcase their talent and amplify their voices within the performance world. They recognize the importance of representation and are actively contributing to the indigenous storytelling renaissance that is currently taking place.

Show Notes
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Aug 29, 2023

Yue Begay, a Navajo transgender woman, shared her inspiring journey and insights as we explored the historical significance of the Two Spirit identity within Native tribes. We delved into the importance of educating businesses and corporations about this unique aspect of Native culture. It was a powerful and enlightening conversation that I'm excited to share with you all.

Show Notes

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Key Takeaways from the episode:

Two Spirit Identity is a Bridge: The term "Two Spirit" was created by Native American elders in the 1990s to replace a derogatory term used by colonizers. It serves as a positive and empowering way to reclaim Native LGBTQ+ culture. Two Spirit individuals serve as a bridge between the LGBTQ+ community and the larger Native American community, bringing unique perspectives and insights.

Resurgence of Native Culture: Yue discussed how there has been a resurgence in individuals connecting with their Native culture, possibly due to COVID and social media. People are rediscovering their Native language, participating in traditional activities like beadwork, and embracing native storytelling through TV and books. This resurgence is fostering a stronger bond with their culture and traditions.

Impactful Advocacy and Consultancy: Yue Begay's work as a program consultant and graphic artist in the public health field highlights the importance of incorporating Two Spirit people, transgender individuals, and Native people into various initiatives. Their role involves assessing intentions, providing guidance on infrastructure, addressing issues like homophobia and transphobia, and ensuring community accountability. Their efforts contribute to making organizations more inclusive and understanding.

 

Aug 22, 2023

Join Paul G for an interview with Byron Graves, an Ojibwe and Lakota author from the Red Lake Indian Reservation. Graves discussed his debut novel, "Res Ball," which delves into the world of Native American high school basketball and the universal themes of dreams, challenges, and self-discovery. This article will explore the importance of Native American representation in storytelling, focusing on the impact it has on youth identity, the growth of a cultural renaissance, and the power of inspiring others through authentic narratives.

Show Notes
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Apr 18, 2023
Join Paul G for an interview with writer and star of Bear Grease - Crystle Lightning.
Bear Grease is an Indigenous twist on the classic musical Grease.
 
Bear Grease Live
https://www.powwows.com/grease-all-indigenous-production-brings-indigenous-culture-to-light/
 
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Mar 28, 2023
Join Paul G to talk about how to travel safely!
 
Travel is back!
 
And with Pow Wow season starting, we need to protect ourselves and our families while on the road this year. Paul will share some of his tips for safety while traveling.
 
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Mar 21, 2023

Join Paul G for an interview with Alyssa Wapanatahk.

Walt Disney recently released a trailer for its new live-action update of the 1953 classic Peter Pan & Wendy. The movie will feature Alyssa Wapanatâhk, who plays Tiger Lily, the tribe chief’s daughter and a warrior princess of the Indigenous tribe of Neverland. In real life, Alyssa is a member of the Bigstone Cree Nation.

Mar 7, 2023

Join Paul G for an interview with the current Miss Indian World, Tashina Red Hawk.

Learn more about the 2023 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow.
https://www.powwows.com/gathering-nations-pow-wow-north-americas-largest-pow-wow/

About Miss Indian World

This Miss Indian World Pageant is the largest & Most Prestigious Cultural Title for Young Native, Indigenous Women (18-25 years old).  Miss Indian World is a Cultural Goodwill Ambassador to all cultures presenting and representing Native American, Indigenous & First Nations Tribal Culture. 

Mar 3, 2023

North America’s Largest Pow Wow
April 27-29, 2023
Powwow Grounds Expo New Mexico/Tingley Coliseum
Albuquerque, NM, U.S.A.

Gathering of Nations is the largest Pow Wow in North America.  

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Gathering of Nations Information

The Gathering of Nations (GON) is a three-day event: April 27-29, 203 (Thursday – Saturday).

The Miss Indian World Talent Presentations is held at the Kiva Auditorium located at the Albuquerque Convention Center (Downtown Albuquerque) and kicks off Thursday evening; where young Native American Women represent their Native American and Indigenous people as cultural goodwill ambassadors. A Young Native American Woman will be crowned Miss Indian World, Saturday, April 27th after the Evening Grand Entry in Tingley Coliseum/EXPO NM in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

The Gathering of Nations Pow Wow itself is a two-day event (Friday & Saturday, April 26th and 27th, 2019) where the GON experience is for all people (Indian and Non-Indian) to see colorful Native American Pow Wow dancing, to hear the songs and become enlightened with emotional happiness! This will take place inside Tingley Coliseum and the other activities will be on the Powwow Grounds at Expo NM (NM State fairgrounds).

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Feb 14, 2023
Join Paul G for an interview with several members of the Native American Women Warriors.
 
Native American Women Warriors (NAWW) encourages recognition for Native American women veterans and active duty that served and continues to serve in every branch of the armed forces. Our goals are to assist our fellow Native women veterans in receiving the assistance needed for recovery in the following areas: transitions from the military, PTSD, and other emotional/mental trauma., as well as continued service in our communities and events.

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Native American Women Warriors
https://nawwassociation.com/our-vision
https://www.instagram.com/naww.usa/

 

Jan 24, 2023

Join Paul G for an interview with Jennifer Younger. Raised in the Southeast Alaska town of Yakutat, Jennifer was surrounded by nature and traditional ways of life. Jennifer is Tlingit of the Eagle Kaagwaantaan clan and now calls Sitka, Alaska home.

Jennifer draws inspiration from traditional Tlingit formline designs, historic artifacts, spruce root basket weaving patterns, and from the contrast and texture of metals. Jennifer strives to continuously push the boundaries of her medium. Each piece of jewelry is handmade and assembled by her. Every engraved creation is unique, as she does not use patterns. Freehand design work ensures everyone has their very own one-of-a-kind creation.

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Jan 10, 2023

The Supreme Court's recent decision to overturn Roe has major impact on Indian Country.

In addition, there are cases on the court's docket that could fundamentally change policies and laws such as the Indian Child Welfare Act, Indian Gaming, and more.

On this week's episode I speak with Rebecca Nagle, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Rebecca hosts This Land podcast and has been following the impact of the court on Indian policies.

There are several cases pending that could drastically change Indian Country!

These are complicated cases and Rebecca does a great job of explaining them. I would try, but she does a much better job!

Join us to discuss how the Supreme Court could change Indian Country.

Jan 10, 2023

Join Paul G for an interview with Miss Minnesota.

Rachel Evangelisto is the first-ever Indigenous Miss Minnesota.

She is from the Hunkpapa Standing Rock Lakota Sioux.  She has been accepted into the Native American Law & Sovereignty program at Mitchell Hamline School of Law as a Native Justice Fellow.

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